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SOMEONE NEEDS TO INCLUDE A PARAGRAPH IN THE MAIN ARTICLE RELATED TO THIS DEVELOPMENT: There are recent reports of an influx of Sri Lankans seeking asylum in Australia, landing in flimsy boats on the Cocos. Without adequate infrastructure on the islands to house and process these refugees, the Australian authorities are struggling to cope. 13 June 2012 — Preceding unsigned comment added by 188.8.131.52 (talk) 02:31, 13 June 2012 (UTC)
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Cocos (Keeling) Islands → Cocos Islands — The title should be the most common form of the name (WP:COMMONNAME), and I doubt that "Cocos (Keeling) Islands" is very commonly used name. The parenthesis should be used for disambiguation reasons, but as there are no other Cocos Islands than these, there is no need to disambiguate (there is "Cocos Island", but "Cocos Islands" redirects to this article). The official name should be mentioned in the opening section, bu there is no need to insist on the official name for the title, if the official form is so uncommon. Vanjagenije (talk) 01:09, 2 August 2010 (UTC)
Comment: Google Books search returns 24,900 hits for "Cocos Islands"  and 17,300 for "Cocos (Keeling) Islands" , while it returns 8,430 hits for "Keeling Islands" . This shows that "Cocos Islands" is the most commonly used form in English language and should be used for the article title, as per WP:COMMONNAME. Vanjagenije (talk) 01:13, 2 August 2010 (UTC)
Oppose without other evidence of local usage. This Ghits crap is getting tiresome. Local governance is by the "Shire of Cocos (Keeling) Islands". "Cocos (Keeling) Islands" is what appears on the car registration plates, postage stamps, a coin, and on other signage in the islands. The act transferring the islands to Australia was the Cocos (Keeling) Islands Act 1955. The post is mailed to "Cocos (Keeling) Islands, WA." The WA government uses this form as does the tourist bureau and other private local interests. — AjaxSmack 02:45, 2 August 2010 (UTC)
Oppose Pretty clear that the "(Keeling)" part is not for dab, but part of the official name. Chanheigeorge (talk) 08:29, 2 August 2010 (UTC)
Oppose The "(Keeling)" is part of the official name of the island group. See here for Geoscience Australia's listing. -- Mattinbgn (talk) 00:16, 3 August 2010 (UTC)
Oppose. In addition to the above reasons, this the correct legal name for the territory: see the Cocos (Keeling) Islands Act 1955. --Mkativerata (talk) 00:25, 3 August 2010 (UTC)
Oppose for the same reasons as outlined by the previous editors. Dan arndt (talk) 00:52, 3 August 2010 (UTC)
Oppose pretty much in line with above, especially AjaxSmack. Frickeg (talk) 01:18, 3 August 2010 (UTC)
Oppose official name as explained above- and used in that form on their postage stamps etc (Crusoe8181 (talk) 01:22, 3 August 2010 (UTC)).
Oppose, as an Australian, whenever I hear about the islands in the media, it is always as Cocos (Keeling) or some variation. I have never heard it as purely Cocos. --Roisterer (talk) 02:48, 3 August 2010 (UTC)
Oppose Cocos Islands is in effect a colloquial name so it's not surprising it gets more hits, but Cocos (Keeling) Islands are the correct legal name. Orderinchaos 09:49, 3 August 2010 (UTC)
Oppose as per others. The nominator is correct that WP:COMMONNAME applies, but the common name is Cocos (Keeling) Islands. --AussieLegend (talk) 15:08, 3 August 2010 (UTC)
Oppose, and I'd dispute the cite of WP:COMMONNAME. I've never heard it as just "Cocos"; I've only ever seen it written "Cocos (Keeling)" or "Cocos-Keeling". Night w (talk) 09:05, 4 August 2010 (UTC)
Oppose in line with most comments made above - never seen it in the hard paper Indian Ocean bibliographies that I have dealt with have it as Cocos only SatuSuro 13:17, 4 August 2010 (UTC)
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Although not explicitly stated, it's easy to surmise why they were named the Keeling Islands. But where did the Cocos name come from? Was that a Malay or another Asian-language name for the atoll? --GentlemanGhost (talk) 20:55, 20 December 2010 (UTC)
James Cogan has written for the World Socialist Web Site that airbase construction at Cocos is one component of Obama's "pivot" towards Asia, facilitating control the sea lanes between the Indian and Pacific Oceans and potentially allowing US forces to enforce a blockade against China. (emphasis mine)
the world socialist web site as a source? seriously? 184.108.40.206 (talk) 22:44, 25 July 2012 (UTC)
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